by Catherine Haug, February 28, 2017; Updated March 2, 2017 (photo, right and below by Niko Jacobs)
A new CSA is in the works for the Bigfork/East Lake Shore area! is adding a community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprise to their cherry and blueberry orchards. The CSA is owned by Wade and Shelli Riedesel of Yellow Bay Gardens. You may recognize the business name if you bought their blueberries at Bigfork Harvest Foods. They are located at the old Yellow Bay Store property on the East Shore of Flathead Lake (Hwy 35).
Their goal is to provide fresh, local and sustainably grown quality produce. They have added a vast garden and greenhouse for this purpose. While they are not certified Organic, they practice organic and sustainable methods to grow as naturally as possible.
Produce available for 19 weeks beginning mind-May through September.
A larger version of the above photo is available below. You can also check out their website: yellowbaygardens.com; as of this writing, it is unfinished but has nice photos of their garden and greenhouse.
What they grow
This list is not complete, but gives a general idea:
- Veggies: Beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, chard, cucumbers, radish, kale, kohlrabi, lettuces, onion, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, spinach, squash, tomatoes and zucchini.
- Microgreens (sprouts grown in soil)
- Fruits: in-season cherries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries
- whole share: $425
- half-share: $300
From their brochure:
“By purchasing a share, you are purchasing a share of our farm: what we plant and harvest. As a CSA member, you are also investing in risk/reward. Sometimes Mother Nature rolls through and you assume the risk along with us. Sometimes we have a bumper crop and you enjoy the profit. We’re all in this together.”
For questions or to purchase a share/half-share:
- Wade & Shelli Riedesel
- 23416 MT Hwy 35, Bigfork MT 59911
- (406) 982-3569 (farm), or (406) 250-3502 (cell)
- shelliyellowbay (at) hotmail (dot) com [address disguised for security]
- See also their website: yellowbaygardens.com (not yet completed as of this writing)
Here’s a larger version of the photo above (by Niko Jacobs). Brochures will be available around the community soon.